Holly (2007)

Set in Cambodia, depicts child prostitution through the non-sexual, complex relationship between Holly, a beautiful 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, and Patrick, an obsessive 40-year-old American stolen artifacts dealer.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 9, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite some execution problems, Holly remains a realistic and gritty look at child sex slavery.

Michael Snyder
San Francisco Chronicle

Ultimately, Holly might have been more effective as a documentary.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Half drama, half social tract, Guy Moshe's feature debut is meant to illustrate the horrors of child prostitution in Southeast Asia. The intentions, unfortunately, are more notable than the execution.

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Well-meaning but terminally dull.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Despite its best intentions, Holly never achieves the dramatic clarity it needs to put its human suffering into galvanizing perspective.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

There's a riveting story lurking inside Holly; It's just not the one the filmmakers want to tell.

William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's realistic enough to admit that there's probably no way to ever completely eradicate an evil for which there seems to be such an eager demand.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Despite a strong performance by Livingston, the film is sunk by sluggish pacing, straight-ahead plotting and an unresolved ending -- not to mention its inability to convince us that anything much can be done about sexual slavery.

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

An unsparing look at child prostitution is a hard sell for audiences, but this movie is a memorable achievement.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Moshe and co-screenwriter Guy Jacobson use their white protagonist not cynically to exploit white guilt, but to excavate it and examine its possibilities and failings with an anthropological eye.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Not bad. Felt very watered down, but still a good movie raising awareness of child prostitution. The young girl who plays 12 year old Holly is very good, as is… More